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Advanced Fiddle Tunes for Mandolin Curriculum, 3/30-5/29



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Register for the Advanced Fiddle Tunes for Mandolin with Matt Flinner course


See the Fiddle Tunes for Mandolin 101 curriculum

See the Octave Mandolin Techniques Curriculum


This course is intended to help the intermediate to advanced mandolinist learn some new tunes while exploring various ways of learning the fretboard and improving their improvisational skills.  Fiddle tunes in various keys will be taught each week, and students will be given suggestions on how to improvise and/or create variations on these tunes. Scale and arpeggio exercises, picking exercises and fingering exercises will also be given to help students increase their improvisation skills.

Tunes will include East Tennessee Blues, Southern Flavor, Lonesome Fiddle Blues and many others (see below).



Here is the curriculum: 


WEEK 1 (3/30)

Octave variations

Warmup exercises

Adding some ornaments (hammer-ons, pull-offs, etc.)

Ear training exercise I

East Tennessee Blues

Cherokee Shuffle


WEEK 2 (4/6)

Using chord tones in improv

Arpeggio Exercise I

Scale exercise I 

New Century Hornpipe (Norman Blake)

Woodchopper’s Reel 


WEEK 3 (4/13)

Adding some runs to your solos

Using chord tones in improv

Arpeggio exercise I

Some V to I licks

Ear training exercise II

Big Sandy River

Bonus material: Golden Slippers

Extra bonus material: Florida Blues


WEEK 4 (4/20)

Minor keys

Minor and modal tunes

Using some bluesy licks

Blues scales in A and E

Blues licks in two positions

Southern Flavor

Bonus Material: Old Widder Woman (Sam Bush)

Extra bonus material: First Day in Town


WEEK 5 (5/4)

Double Stops

Moving double stops in improv

Double stops as position shifts

Licks up the neck

Tom and Jerry

Bonus material: Howdy in Hickman County


WEEK 6 (5/11)

Some tricky tunes!

More with hammer-ons and pull-offs

More positions up the neck

Jackson’s Hornpipe

Bonus material: Town & Country Fiddler


WEEK 7 (5/18)

Some Raggy chord progressions


Using arpeggios in improv

More work with chord tones as target notes

Golden Eagle Hornpipe

Bonus material: I Don’t Love Nobody

Extra bonus material: Red Apple Rag


WEEK 8 (5/25)

Tying it all together: using octaves, licks, patterns, positions, target notes and double stops to create variations

Exercises for speed

Some more V-I licks

Hoedown Polka

Bonus material: Lonesome Fiddle Blues

Extra bonus material: Durang’s Hornpipe


The course fee is $225.  Register here.

2 comments on “Advanced Fiddle Tunes for Mandolin Curriculum, 3/30-5/29

  1. Dave Macdonald says:

    Hey there Matt…
    So our whole ‘Swannanoa Gang of Four’ are signing up…..We all really love your online classes and hope to be able to play the tunes we will learn together in person this summer in NC……looking forward to it!

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